CAMRA seeks to bust beer belly myth

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Swapping wine for beer could help people lose weight, CAMRA has claimed. The news could help publicans encourage customers away from the treadmill...

Swapping wine for beer could help people lose weight, CAMRA has claimed.

The news could help publicans encourage customers away from the treadmill and into their pubs, as substituting wine for beer for a single week could save as many calories as a half an hour jog.

According to a CAMRA survey, 34 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women think beer is more fattening than wine.

But CAMRA has busted the beer belly myth. A Beer Academy report revealed that half a pint of 3.8 per cent bitter contains just 85 calories, compared with a 175ml glass of white wine, found to contain 131 calories.

Brewing expert Charlie Bamforth was pleased with the news. "For years beer has been blighted by a reputation for being more fattening than other drinks," he said.

"The major source of calories in any drink is the alcohol itself, and because beer is the drinks category with the lowest average alcohol content it is also lowest in calories."

CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival starts today, where low calorie beers will be showcased, including Harvey's Mild, Timothy Taylor Best Bitter and Nethergate IPA.

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